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Video Analysis for Throwing Athletes


Throwing a ball repeatedly with poor technique, or without the knowledge of where your body needs to be in space can take a toll on an athlete’s shoulder or elbow. Instead of playing through the pain, an athlete can work with trained specialist from TRIA’s Return to Throwing Program to help them understand and manage pain in order to get back into the game. The Return to Throwing team is made up of physical therapists and athletic trainers who have an interest in working with the throwing athlete. “This training allows us a unique perspective and understanding on how a thrower’s body works and what anatomical and biomechanical issues can cause throwing injuries,” says Greg Govrik, physical therapist.

One tool Govrik and athletic trainer, Jonny Diercks use with throwing patients is video analysis. Video analysis allows the team to break down video of the athlete in order to find where the painful athlete may be demonstrating know positional faults or inconsistencies in their throwing or pitching form.  “The great thing about video analysis is we are able to make real-time modifications to improve the athlete’s form,” says Govrik. Video analysis help to improve the athlete’s sense of where they are in space which decreases stress on the arm structures and therefore can decrease pain. An added benefit from this work is that helping the painful thrower improve body awareness we can also improve their performance.

TRIA’s Return to Throwing Program is open to all throwing athletes, no matter the age or skill level, who are experiencing pain with throwing motion.

The Return to Throwing team is specially trained to look for and assess known faults and biomechanical issues identified through research. We help throwers understand what their bodies are actually doing while throwing, and provide education on how to make corrections to keep them safe. “Some throwing athletes have never seen themselves on video before and are surprised to see what their arms and body are doing at certain points throughout the throwing motion,” says Diercks. “Throwers often develop comfortable movement patterns or ‘habits’ that may not be biomechanically correct or optimal leading to the possible cause of their ongoing pain.”

The goal of the throwing team is to help the athlete understand how to move in a way that puts the least amount of stress on their body without sacrificing performance.

Click here to learn more information about the Return to Throwing Program or to schedule an appointment. 

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